The End of an Era: WJLT Signs Off

Published 07/08 2014 09:18PM

Updated 07/08 2014 09:25PM

Classic hits station WJLT is in its last day of broadcasting oldies. Come midnight it will turn to ESPN Sports radio.

Longtime radio personality Johnny Kincaid hit the airwaves early this morning at the Merry-Go-Round restaurant for the station's last show.

Greg Parker was there and has this report.

It's not just the end of the classic hits station, it's the end of an era. Johnny Kincaid says, "People are feeling sad and wondering where they'll be able to find this kind of music."

For years, 105.3 WJLT brought thousands of listeners countless hits. But the key ingredient to its popularity wasn't the mix of songs from years gone by. It was the mix of personality

Dave Westrich Julie Michaels were former radio personalities for WJLT.

Dave says, "This is one of the most talented air personalities I've ever had the pleasure of working with, right here, Julie Michaels."

Julie says, "Stop it. Stop it. You know they took all of the parts of the Stepford Wives and put it into him. Just look at him. Look at him. Never foams at the mouth or anything. It's incredible."

Also incredible is how the on-air team is marking their goodbye.

"We decided to turn it into a celebration and make it a fundraiser for Chemo Buddies....Just a phenomenal group that spends time with people going through chemotherapy." 

And helping others is something Johnny Kincaid hopes to continue.

"In radio, I've had the opportunity to be able to help so many community organizations and what I'm really hoping to do after leaving radio is continue helping community organizations." 

As this organization comes to a close, Johnny, Julie, and Dave will tell you it was their audience that made WJLT classic. 

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